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Beer Batter Dipt Fried Chicken

Just about the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken you’ll ever eat. Move over KFC!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Chicken, Comfort Foods, Everyday Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer batter chicken, fried chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 647kcal


  • 1 small frying chicken cut into 8 pieces -OR- pre-cut chicken parts (drums, thighs, breasts)
  • Oil for frying


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt*
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 12 oz beer


  • *You may substitute 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic or onion powder, 1/4 tsp paprika
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, seasoned salt and cayenne pepper (if using).
  • Gradually pour beer into flour mixture while whisking with a wire whisk. Beat until there are no lumps. Let the batter stand for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a deep heavy frying pan or dutch oven (I used the dutch oven because it kept the stove cleaner). Oil should come at least 1-inch up the side of the pan. This will be around a quart of oil for a 5-cup dutch oven.
  • Heat oil to 375 degrees F. I use a deep fry/candy thermometer, but you can do the bread cube test for oil temp--a 1-inch cube of bread will get golden brown in 1 minute. However, I strongly suggest using the thermometer so you can keep the oil at a constant temp.
  • Pat chicken parts dry with paper towels. Dip each piece into the batter, and let excess batter drain back in the bowl. Place chicken in fryer--you will have to fry in batches. NEVER overload the pan. In the dutch oven, I was able to fry 4 pieces at once.
  • Cook chicken a total of 30 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking.
  • Remove and let excess oil drain back in the pan. Place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Chicken may be kept warm in a 250 degrees F oven while frying the next batch.
  • Serves 4.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1882mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 4mg